Palliative Care Action Plan

Published online: 
30 March 2017
Palliative Care Action Plan


This action plan details each of the five priority areas recommended in the Review of Adult Palliative Care Services in New Zealand.

The Review identifies challenges that will make it difficult to meet future palliative care demands. It recommends a refreshed strategic direction for palliative care to meet those demands.

The Review outlines actions under five priority areas to achieve the refreshed direction. These priorities are to:

  1. respond to the voices of people with palliative care needs and their families, whânau
  2. ensure strong strategic connections
  3. improve quality across all settings
  4. increase emphasis on primary palliative care
  5. grow capability of communities and informal carers.

The Action Plan details actions for each of the five priority areas recommended in the Review.

The Action Plan provides a structured approach to inclusive and collaborative strategic planning and to improve the way that each of the Review’s five priority areas work in practice.

The Action Plan includes a person-centered model of palliative care which puts the focus of health sector resource and capability on the life journey of the person and their significant others.

This plan signals how people nearing the end of their life and their significant others will get respectful care, as well as the support they need to be actively involved in their own care.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    30 March 2017
  • ISBN:
    978-1-98-850234-2 (print), 978-1-98-850235-9 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Citation: Ministry of Health. 2017. Palliative Care Action Plan.Wellington: Ministry of Health
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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